According to Jim Owczarski, the Bengals are interested in re-signing impending free-agent DE Chris Smith and have spoken to his representatives about a new deal. However, Owczarski adds that Smith is expected to have “a lot” of interest on the open market in the coming weeks.

Smith, 26, is a former fifth-round pick of the Jaguars back in 2014. He, unfortunately, lasted just a few months before he was waived a few weeks into the regular season. Jacksonville later added him to their practice squad before eventually calling him up later on in the year.